May 2019 News

May 2019 News
Posted on 05/03/2019

ELD Department

The month of May will be a very busy and engaging month for two of our ELD classes! May 14 & May 17 we will be partnering up with Algonquin college to build our two benches for the front of the school as part of Youth Fusion! May 22-23 two ELD classes will be travelling to Toronto overnight to participate in the Youth Fusion EXPO; . Finally, on May 25th, the entire ELD department is running as part of TEAM OCISO for the Ottawa Race Weekend 5K! You can make donations here: ELD group

Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club finished reading Pride and Prejudice. We enjoyed a pizza lunch and a viewing of the movie after we'd discussed all parts of the book over several weeks. Although Jane Austen wrote her books over two hundred years ago, we found that we could relate to the characters and situations she brought to life in Pride and Prejudice. jane austen book club

Ultimate Frisbee

Ridgemont's ultimate frisbee team has started up! Practices are Tuesdays at lunch and Fridays after school. Tournaments are Friday May 24th and Wednesday May 29th. Newcomers welcome!

Business Department

We welcome Toastmasters to RHS! Our students are taking the 8 week certification program to improve their public speaking skills and leadership skills. Thank you Ms. Ajwani and Ms. Geeves for your time! toastmasters

The Arts Departments

The past two months have been especially lively and successful for our Arts students as they performed and exhibited works, earning awards and connecting with the community beyond our school walls. ARTS NIGHT on May 2nd was another example of the dedication and creativity of our students. poster

Ridgemont Spartan Studios delivered a moving performance of Dark Road at the National Theater Schools Drama Festival. The company won the Lorne Williams’ Spirit of the Festival Award. In addition. Meadow Agar was honoured with a Bravery in a Performance Award for her sombre and chilling portrayal of a Nazi prison guard. The company later performed the piece for the school community, drawing much thoughtful dialogue from the audience about one of humanity’s darkest times. Students should be commended on taking on such an important story.

In early April, Ridgemont hosted the Kiwanis Music Festival for School Concert Bands. Our auditorium was filled with performances by schools from across the city. In addition to hosting, the Ridgemont Concert Band earned Gold Standing in the Kiwanis Music Festival! This is a wonderful achievement and speaks to the dedication of the music students. Congratulations! band certificate

The band performed at Arts Night earlier this week and will be performing at the annual Sixth Street Run on May 3rd as well.  

Our students teamed up with band student from Brookfield HS for a trip to New York City April 24-27. Students were given a chance to enrich their learning through live performances and taking in the music and culture of New York City. band band band

Dance class performed at the OCDSB board-wide Dance Day Wednesday April 24th and at Ridgemont High School's Arts Night. They continue to grow in dance with each performance, from each other, and also the many guest instructors brought in to enrich the program. We have had guests this year from Arts Umbrella from Vancouver, BC, NAC Dance in Contemporary, and Luv 2 Groove hip hop. We look forward to performing at our Multicultural Potluck on June 13th and hope to be enjoying a morning of dance with the residents at the Waterford Retirement Center. We are always inspired each year with what our students create.  

Ridgemont Visual Arts students have been busy preparing work for several shows. Ten students are exhibiting as part of Young at Art, a city-wide, juried art exhibition and competition. Shows at the Atrium Gallery (Ben Franklin Place) and the Trinity Gallery (Shenkman Centre) include works by Ridgemont students. For many, this is their first time exhibiting in a professional gallery setting and so is an especially memorable achievement.

From April 25 to May 19, 2019, at Trinity Art Gallery in the Shenkman Centre: Amana Alali, Omar Darwish (Award Winner), Maggie Rubenstein, Jeremy Peters, Hyejun Choi, Saleh Ahmed (Award Winner), Mouna Shaweesh, Monina Balacuit, Sarah Woronchak (Award Winner).

From April 20 to May 13, 2019, at Ben Franklin Place: Hiba Alcheikh Houri


Further congratulations go to Sarah Woronchak whose piece Playing with Your Head won 1st place in the high school category of the Brain and Mental Health Art Exhibition earlier this month. Students Saleh Ahmed and Hyejun Choi also exhibited. art

Finally, Grade 11 students created large scale portraits that will soon be on display at the Alta Vista Public Library. We are fortunate to have such interested and accommodating community partners at both the Alta Vista and Greenboro branches of the Ottawa Public Library. We appreciate the time and effort of Evelyn Housch and Michelle Bleau, our two librarian contacts, art lovers, and art promoters. art

The arts are thriving at Ridgemont High School. Whether students aim to pursue post-secondary studies in performance arts, fine arts or design, or they use the arts to complement other learning, students and staff are so appreciative of the support from the community. We are always happy to create together! art

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